What did the philosophers have to say about astrology?

Considering that astrology has been around in one form or another for thousands of years, it’s no surprise that some people far more intelligent than this writer have had their say on it.

We’ve already showed you some of the most interesting things celebrities have had to say on the matter, but did you know that the philosophers have also shared their opinion on astrology. Naturally, there are some varied viewpoints, with some of them on-board, while others are far more sceptical of the practice.

Here is just a taste of what they thought about the subject.

Voltaire

“Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.”

The French Enlightenment writer and philosopher firmly fell into the category of ‘sceptics’. He wasn’t convinced by the practice and didn’t feel like it added any value to discourse. He thought that it had its roots in a more practical science but didn’t agree that it was of realistic use.

Hippocrates

“A physician without a knowledge of Astrology has no right to call himself a physician.”

Hippocrates is considered one of the leading figures in the history of medicine and he certainly saw value in astrology. He even felt it had its use for physicians. This endorsement is still controversial today, for obvious reasons. As much as we enjoy astrology, we are not sure we would like a doctor consulting the stars when deciding which medicine to administer.

Rudolf Steiner

“The whole of ancient astrology owed its origin to conversation with the cosmic intelligences. But by the time of the first centuries after the rise of Christianity, ancient astrology - that is to say, conversation with cosmic intelligences - was a thing of the past.”

Austrian philosopher, Steiner, had his own theories on the history of the subject. He also held an interesting view on how the practice had progressed over time. Steiner was a person who held many beliefs and some of them weren’t very popular among his peers.

Lillian Smith

“We need not feel ashamed of flirting with the zodiac. The zodiac is well worth flirting with.”

Although not formally considered a philosopher, Smith was a writer and a social critic. She had an interesting viewpoint of astrology, which basically said that if you enjoy it, then why not. It’s a more relaxed viewpoint than some of the others on this list.